Wednesday, December 26, 2012
But even as they headed toward her room, TJ’s mind raced back to Dad. S he had to get him something. Granted, she had no money, but somehow the gift had to be bigger and better than Violet ever dreamed. Unfortunately, some dreams turn into nightmares – especially with help from the 23rd century.

Book: Ho-Ho-NOOO! (TJ and the Time Stumblers) by Bill Myers, Tyndale House Publishers, 2011

Genre: Adventure
Target Audience: Girls and Boys 10-14
Subjects: Christmas (point of), family relationships, humility, giving
Summary: Victory is always right. She always does it better. And bigger. But not this time. There’s too much on the line. Christmas. Christmas presents to be more specific. Dad’s Christmas present to be exact. Victoria is giving him a big screen tv. And she knows TJ’s gift won’t be as good as that. But TJ is absolutely determined to prove her wrong this time. So with the help (and hindarance) of her time traveling friends from the 23rd century, she gets a job to make money for her dad’s present. But between her own inadequacies, crazy circumstances and the time traveler’s bumbling attempts to help, TJ may have the worst Christmas present ever – and the worst Christmas!
Notes: This is the fourth book in the TJ and the Time Stumblers series about TJ, a new seventh grader in town is being visited by two teenage guys from the 23rd century. They claim she is going to be famous someday and are doing a school report on her. They make many attempts to help TJ with the various adventures in her life. In this book TJ thinks Christmas is all about giving presents, the more expensive, the better. When everything falls apart her dad tells her that it’s more about just being together with those you love and loving your friends and neighbors as God loves you.
This author has done some books with loads of spiritual content, books that really challenge you to grow spiritually. This series does not. It contains little to no spiritual content in the books. And rather than saying that Christmas is about Christ and what He did for us, it still puts the focus back on us and our enjoying it and doing good works. It gets closer to the truth, but still misses it.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 2/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Luke 2:10-122 – But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.


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